British Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen gives blunt response on Lewis Hamilton collision

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Championship leader Sebastian Vettel hit Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the first corner of the French Grand Prix, forcing both to return to the pits to fix damage and fight from the back.

Polesitter Hamilton had lost the lead off the line to Vettel and teammate Valtteri Bottas when he was hit by Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 3 and spun.

"We lose more than a second on the straights so this track is getting less and less favourable for us", commented Verstappen.

Hamilton had surged back with a display of overtaking pace the watching Lord Coe, would have been proud of in his athletics heyday to take second place behind Sebastian Vettel in the other Ferrari.

Victory on Sunday will see Hamilton reclaim the overall lead from Vettel, who has a one point advantage after nine races. Mercedes' errors cost both Hamilton and Bottas in the Austrian GP the week before when neither finished.

"I just had a poor getaway, I was too aggressive and got wheel-spin then I just got a tap from behind from the Ferrari and that was that".

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The Swede was unhurt and climbed out to applause from the crowd as a Safety Car was deployed.

"It's home base for Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams so you have to be quite strong at Silverstone".

Hamilton started on a high after a dazzling final lap on Saturday brought pole position. Verstappen and Raikkonen were third and fourth with Ricciardo fifth. Who is he to judge what the drivers are doing in the auto?

Hamilton then clawed his way back through the field to get within contention for a top 5 spot.

But he surged back into contention and thanks to the safety vehicle being deployed on two occasions late on in the race surged into second place. A number of times Vettel attacked at Brooklands after using DRS, and Bottas repelled, with Hamilton similarly fighting Raikkonen but also filling Vettel's mirrors.

He expanded further in the post race press conference, where race victor Sebastian Vettel sat between him and Raikkonen. Hamilton was able to pull out some quick laps, yet Vettel was quick to respond, keeping his rival at an arm's length.

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The British driver managed to fight his way back after a Mercedes-Ferrari duel developed with Bottas leading until Vettel hit the front again with five laps to go.

Sebastian Vettel won the grand prix, extending his points lead in the championship to eight.

Hamilton, from his record 76th pole, appeared bogged down as he responded and was instantly in a scrap for third with Raikkonen, who collided with the Briton under braking into Turn Three.

After the race, the Mercedes driver struggled to hide his disappointment. Force India is now a point clear of McLaren, which drops to seventh, two points behind fifth-placed Haas.

Fernando Alonso was the leading midfield driver on a two-stop strategy, finishing the race eighth.

Brendon Hartley's miserable weekend continued as his Toro Rosso was wheeled back early.

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There are still 11 races left in the season with the next at Hockenheim on July 22. It was only a couple of laps where he had a proper shot.

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